Jorge Andres Tomasevic
Covers major wildlife conservation issues in North America. Some global issues are also treated. Examples of topics include the conservation of large predators, effects of toxic chemicals on wildlife, old-growth wildlife, conservation of marine wildlife, recovery of the bald eagle, and gray wolf.
We will visit some of the ecology involved in wildlife populations and understand better why species face threat of extinction. We will review the main threats to species conservation (e.g. habitat loss and fragmentation, invasive species, pollution, overharvesting, climate change, among others). We will have guest lectures to bring different perspectives on wildlife conservation.
Student learning goals
To understand what affects the survival of wildlife population and species.
To have an basic understanding of population ecology.
To be able to find wildlife-related sources of information on-line.
Learn more about charismatic wildlife species.
To be able to relate to wildlife problems both in urban and natural world.
General method of instruction
This class will be a mix of lectures, team work, catalyst tools and field trips.
No special background is required. Just your interest in wildlife conservation.
Class assignments and grading
The class will include midterms, internet-based assignments, among others.
Your final grade will be a mix of your performance on the assigned homeworks and tests plus your participation in class (both in the classroom and on-line).